Gold Cup 1 - 6 AFC Didsbury
AFC Didsbury: Hargreaves, Musson (C) (Rushton), Rogers, Battersby, Jaffray, Robins, Creasey, Mackie, McDonald (Wallace), Richardson, Corbett (Trecarichi).
Goals: Robins (3), Corbett, Richardson, Creasey
Assists: Musson, Creasey (2), Robins, McDonald, Wallace
Man of the Match: Robins
Solid gold performance by AFC Didsbury
Didsbury went into this top of the table clash knowing that anything short of a victory would destroy their hopes of back to back league titles.
The first ten minutes were sluggish and Didsbury failed to get their free flowing football underway. Gold Cup took full advantage of the slow start, punishing Didsbury with an early counter attack, 1-0.
This seemed to be the wakeup call Didsbury needed, as they started to take control of the game, playing the style of football that they pride themselves on. Within five minutes of conceding, the away side were level. Didsbury Captain, Adam Musson’s, throw-in was cushioned back for him to whip in a pinpoint cross onto the head of Leigh Robins, who made no mistake from 6 yards out.
Didsbury went 2-1 up shortly before the break when Neil Creasey’s volley was saved but Robins was quickest to react and once again, showed great composure in front of goal.
The second half started with Didsbury assuming control again and found themselves 3-1 up when Creasey’s through ball put left Robins with only the ‘keeper to beat. Robins calmly guided the ball into bottom right corner, completing a fine hattrick.
The goal of the game came moments later when some slick triangle passing, involving Corbett, Robins and Mackie, tore the Gold Cup defence apart. Man of the match, Robins provided the final pass for Didsbury’s front man, Mike Corbett, to slot his finish past the keeper to round off a great move.
Didsbury were in complete control now and the fifth goal involved some nice work on the wing to release Robins, who switched the ball to Colin McDonald who controlled and teed up Sam Richardson for another neat finish.
Gold Cup seemed to have given up and the final goal came when a through ball released four Didsbury players through on goal with no opposition in sight. Jack Wallace invited the opposition ‘keeper to come off his line and then squared for Creasey, whose shot flew into the unguarded net.